4 out of 4 stars
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An old widower fisherman, living in a house made of the wreckage of ships, sets out on his usual perilous journey. His goal is to bring fish to the homeless children that live in the mission and salmon oil to a leper colony. One day, after setting out to yet another journey, the old man finds a beautiful mermaid child in distress. Her tail fin had been cut away. The old man quickly feels the urge to help the merchild. However, their differences are just too evident. Can the fisherman’s benevolent heart overcome the obstacles or will the racial disparities prevail in deterring any sort of assistance?
The Fisherman and His Foundlings, by Phillip Leighton-Daly, is a short story that highlights the value of kindness. The storyline follows an old man in his attempt to help an infant mermaid that had become an outcast in her aquatic kingdom. It is interesting to notice that the fisherman’s kind deeds arise amid the great hardships that he has to face along the perilous pathway, thus being even more precious.
The plot is constructed beautifully. It includes episodes of sadness and loneliness as well as the happiness and fulfillment that come with charitable works. It is also not without a touch of thrill and suspense. Alternating between reality and fantasy, Leighton-Daly was able to capture and combine the richness of the elder’s life experience and the children’s innocence. While showing the contrast between the values of the fisherman and the greed of the mermaids, this remarkable work of literature presents the reader with a message of true humanity.
As for the structure, this book is exceptionally well edited. The story develops at a good pace and is accompanied by wonderful illustrations by JRaphael Edmundo Honasan. The linguistic quality of the narrative is superb, flowing smoothly and having no typos or grammar mistakes at all. The vocabulary diversity is very broad and structured into an engaging rhetoric (this was my favorite element). Some of the words, though, may be unfamiliar to small children and therefore may require parental guidance.
Reading The Fisherman and His Foundlings, by Phillip Leighton-Daly, was a literary breath of fresh air. There was nothing I disliked about it. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This rating reflects my appreciation for the blend of the beautiful storyline with the amazing illustrations, and the perfect editing. This book is one of those precious gems that readers come across when they least expect it.
The Fisherman and His Foundlings seems to be more appealing to mature children or young adults, especially those fond of sea themes.
The Fisherman and his Foundlings
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